Fernando Botero - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Quintana's Fine Art, New York
    Galería de Arte Nader, Santo Domingo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Jean-Clarence Lambert, Botero Sculptures, Bogota, 1998, no. 92, n.p. (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Fernando Botero

    Colombian • 1932

    Colombian artist Fernando Botero is known for his voluptuous and exaggerated paintings, sculptures and drawings. He studied under Roberto Longhi, a renowned authority on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, obtaining a remarkable art historical knowledge of Western Classicism. This dialogue between an erudite education and religious art for the masses is the key in the development of his aesthetic.

    Botero was also influenced by Mexican muralism, with which he became acquainted while living in Mexico City. The monumental scale of the human forms in the murals gave rise to the voluminous figures for which he is best known. Botero's works make mordant comments on society's shortcomings; they also incorporate classical elements and are imbued with political satire and caricature.

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Woman with Serpent

incised with the artist’s signature and number “Botero 8/9” and stamped with the Fonderia M Italy foundry mark on the figure’s proper right upper arm
7 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 11 in. (19.1 x 46.4 x 27.9 cm)
Executed in 1983, this work is number 8 from an edition of 9 plus 2 artist's proofs.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $176,400

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 19 May 2022